Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Joy in the Journey Book Review

Joy in the Journey by Lori Hatcher
Reviewed by Janey Goude

Lori Hatcher knows where homeschooling parents live. After reading devotions in her book, Joy in the Journey, I’m convinced she’s spent a week in my home. 

The raw realities she shares indicate she came during one of my worst weeks: 
  • the week I wished the yellow bus would pull up to my driveway and whisk away my frustrations
  • the week I didn’t crack open my Bible
  • the week before we were supposed to start school and I hadn’t picked out any of our curriculum because I was overwhelmed and exhausted.
How I wished I’d had Lori’s book then, to come alongside me and encourage me. But Lori hadn’t published her book yet, because she was too busy living those weeks herself. 

Lori’s a veteran homeschooler of two daughters. She’s faced the same homeschooling challenges and frustrations as her readers, and she knows that yellow bus won’t do her readers any good. 

The transparency in her writing tells me she knows what it feels like to be desperate for that escape, and she understands the guilt that accompanies that desire. She’s been there and found a way out.  

Now, she’s come to find us in our lowest places and guide us to the place of joy we all long for, that place where laughter and love effervesce from every corner of our homes.

  • Creatively, Lori shares insights that point her readers back to the heart of homeschooling. She knows that simply reading a good story isn’t enough, so she provides thought-provoking application questions to take us deeper.  
  • Then, being true to her homeschooling roots, she gives her readers an assignment: a practical action step that allows us to put feet to our faith. 
  • Just in case her readers are in one of those life seasons where there isn’t even time to shower (she’s been there, too!) and that devotion is the only piece of quiet time they can manage, she ends with a prayer.
With each devotion Lori’s readers feel a little weight lift. Day by day, she reminds us that we aren’t traveling this journey alone. God is the One writing the stories of our children’s lives, and He has given us the sheer privilege of discipling them. 

That privilege feels like a burden when we try to accomplish it in our own strength. As one who has walked in those cumbersome shoes, Lori gently refocuses her readers’ attention on Jesus, our Refuge and our Strength. Joy in the Journey will refresh your spirit and breathe new life into your homeschooling expedition.

Lori Hatcher
Janey Goude lives in Lexington, SC where she has homeschooled her four children for 11 years.
This review is incorrectly dated to avoid going out to subscribers. The actual posting date is March 29,2012.

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  1. Great review, Janey! You did a good job of portraying Lori's passion for homeschooling and helping others in their journey.

  2. Laura,
    Thanks for your comment. So glad Lori's heart came through clearly!


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